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Grad Student Announcements – April 2

April 2, 2010

1. WEST MA Thesis Workshop

2. WEST Calendar

3. WENDE Flicks – Miraculi

4. “There and Back Again” – Paula Rego, Portuguese Painter and Illustrator, and the Art of Storytelling

5. And Then There Were Plenty: Women and Literary Authorship in Modern Portugal

6. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture on International Financial Security with Lord John Roper

7. Screenings of the Harry Potter Films in German

8. GPSO Announcements 

9. Fulbright Information Sessions

10. Graduate Assistantship in the Hutton Honors College









1. WEST MA Thesis Workshop

We have scheduled a Thesis Workshop with Dr. Wise for all WEST MA students to attend. The session will take place Wednesday, April 7 from 3:00-4:30pm in Ballantine Hall 004. Dr. Wise will go over guidelines and helpful hints on preparing and writing your thesis, so this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!

2. WEST Calendar

On the new WEST website, under News & Events, there is an up-to-date calendar of all events sponsored by WEST or related to West European topics. If you want information on an event, a speaker, or what’s going on with WEST, check out the calendar!



3. WENDE Flicks – Miraculi

The WENDE FLICKS Series has moved to the IU Fine Arts Auditorium! Come and join us at our new venue for the screening of the film Miraculi. This film was the creative dream of its director, Ulrich Weiß, for over 10 years. Here, he offers us a fascinating social drama about youth in a changing world.

The screening begins at 7pm on Sunday, April 4, at the IU Fine Arts Auditorium, in room 015. The film is in the original German with English subtitles. As always, film screenings are open to the public and completely FREE!

About the film Miraculi:

Germany, 1991, 105 min., color

Director: Ulrich Weiß

Cast: Volker Ranisch, Käthe Reichel,

Katrin Vogt, Hans-Peter Minetti,

Uwe Kockisch, Katrin Waligura

Cinematography: Eberhard Geick,

Johann Feindt

Screenplay: Ulrich Weiß

A group of young people draws straws to see who’ll steal some cigarettes. With this theft, Sebastian starts a symbolic and bizarre odyssey through a sclerotic world, in search of himself and of truth and justice. When he tries withdrawing from one social paradigm, he finds himself caught in another…. The fall of the Wall made it possible for director Ulrich Weiß to finally make this long-cherished project, which had been refused by the East German film studio. With a cameo by the outstanding Brechtian actor, Käthe Reichel, one of the co-organizers of the November 4, 1989 demonstration for freedom and democracy in East Berlin.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of Religious studies, Germanic studies, and film. Todd Cesaratto from the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will be joined by: Prof. Nancy Levene from the Department of Religious Studies at IU, Prof. Greg Waller from the Department of Communication and Culture at IU, and Prof. Claudia Breger from the Department of Germanic Studies at IU.



4. “There and Back Again” – Paula Rego, Portuguese Painter and Illustrator, and the Art of Storytelling

A lecture by  Ana Gabriela Macedo

Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm, Lindley Hall 102

Portuguese-born Paula Rego, now living in Britain, is considered one of the leading figurative artists in the contemporary art scene. From her surreal and politically charged pictures of the 60s, to the Nursery Rhymes illustrations (1994), to her parodic contemporary “visual readings” of myths, fairy-tales, fables, legends and hagiography, her work has continually transgressed boundaries and genres in a desacrilizing gesture. She has defiantly declared that “art is not neutral,” that it has a “gender” and a politics – a view expressed in her relentless sabotage of tradition and her compassionate but critical re-vision of femininity. Professor Macedo will discuss the theatricality of Rego’s often grotesque visual imagery and her fascination with the “art of storytelling” which is the subject of many of her paintings and visual compositions.

Ana Gabriela Macedo, Professor of English and Director of the “Humanities Research Center” at the Universidade de Minho, is one of Portugal’s most prominent comparatists. Among her major areas of interest are visual poetics and feminist studies. Author and editor of ten books and numerous essays, she is also the translator into Portuguese of works by Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, Amy Tan, and Salman Rushdie, among others. At present she is collecting her studies of the work of Paula Rego into a book-length publication.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese & Department of Comparative Literature.


5. And Then There Were Plenty: Women and Literary Authorship in Modern Portugal

A lecture by Anna Klobucka, Professor of Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Klobucka will speak about the situation of women’s writing in Portugal in the twentieth century. Her analysis focuses on female poets, their conquest of cultural and literary agency, feminist intertextuality in their work, and their critique of the Portuguese literary-historical canon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

2:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 005

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Gender Studies, West European Studies, Department of History and Department of Comparative Literature.


6. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture on International Financial Security with Lord John Roper

International Financial Security with Lord John Roper, renowned expert on international policy

Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Moot Court Room of the School of Law

Lord Roper…

  • educated at Oxford and the University of Chicago (receiving a doctorate).
  • economics lecturer at the University of Manchester. 
  • elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth.
  • Labor Cooperative MP from 1970 to 1981.
  • Social Democratic Party Chief Whip from 1981 to 1983.
  • Director of the Institute for Security Studies of the West European Union from 1990 to 1995.
  • a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster since 2000. 
  • Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005 when appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Currently, Lord Roper is Chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Staff as well as an active member of the House of Lords, where he is Chairman of the Committee on the European Union.


Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Center for the Study of Global Change

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Center on American and Global Security

West European Studies

Department of Political Science

Institute for Advanced Study

7. Screenings of the Harry Potter Films in German

Here is an opportunity to watch Harry Potter in German, on a big screen!

Interessieren Sie sich für Harry Potter?  Lernen Sie auch Deutsch? Kommen Sie mit uns zu Hogwarts (d.h., Ballantine Hall)! Ab Mittwoch dem 31. März um 19.30 (auf Amerikanisch = 7:30pm) gibt es jede Woche in *Ballantine Hall 003* Harry Potter auf Deutsch!

Unser Programm:
*Mittwoch, 31. März:* Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (2001)
*Mittwoch, 7. April:* Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (2002)
*Mittwoch, 14. April:* Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban (2004)
*Mittwoch, 21. April:* Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (2005)
*Mittwoch, 28. April:* Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix (2007)
Jeden Mittwoch von 19.30 (=7:30pm) bis 22.00 (=10:00pm)!

Wenn Sie daran Interesse haben, sind Sie willkommen!  Auch Anfänger! Diese Filmreihe mit Herr Scott endet am 28. April mit dem fünften Harry Potter Film.

8. GPSO Announcements

–  Exploritas K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Gra

–  Give Back to the Community With a Vote

–  City Lights & Underground Film Series

–  BFA 1 Thesis Exhibition

–  Upcoming Events from NAGSA

–  Fulbright Information

–  Kinsey Institute Tour

–  Upcoming Events from BGSA

–  GPSO Research Award Winners 2010

**These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog:



 Graduate Appreciation Week:

Graduate Student Roller Skating- Graduate Appreciation Event

WHEN:  Wednesday (4/07) 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Western Skateland, 930 W. 17th Street

WHAT: Meet up with other graduate and professional students for an evening of skating.  Kids are welcome!

PRICE: $4/person includes admission and skate rental. 

 Graduate Student Conference Event: GPSO Travel Award Winner Presentations

Graduate Appreciation Event

WHEN: Friday (4/9) 2 pm-3:30 pm
WHERE: Herman B. Wells Library, room E 174 (Media Room)

WHAT: Come hear GPSO Travel Award Winners present on their research and provide advice about applying for travel grants. Light refreshments will be served. The University Graduate School Awards Ceremony will follow immediately in the Wells House.

University Graduate School Awards Ceremony- Graduate Appreciation Event

WHEN:  Friday (4/9) 4 pm- 6 pm

WHERE:  Wells House, 1321 E. 10th Street

WHAT: Celebrate graduate student achievement at the University Graduate School’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

GPSO’s Annual Grad Bash at Farm- Bloomington 

Graduation Appreciation Event   

WHEN:  Saturday (4/10) 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm

WHERE: Farm Bloomington, in the Root Cellar and the room above, 108 E. Kirkwood Avenue

WHAT: IUB graduate and professional students are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, free food, and more! This year GPSO is thrilled to present GRANT STREET SCANDAL in this intimate venue. Admission is FREE to IUB graduate and professional students. 

**Information on this event and more can be found at the GPSO website:  www.


9. Fulbright Information Sessions

Several information sessions about the Fulbright Student Program, including a summary of the application process, will be held before the end of the semester.

 FRIDAY April 23, 2010, 2-4pm
20 min. presentations at 2 & 3
Fulbright Information Session in Business 219
FRIDAY April 16, 2010, 2-4pm
20 min. presentations at 2 & 3

10. Graduate Assistantship in the Hutton Honors College


One work-study graduate assistantship in academic advising is available in the Hutton Honors College for 2010-2011.


The Hutton Honors College (HHC) academic advisors work with HHC freshmen and continuing students in the following ways:

– Conferring with them regarding majors, degree requirements, academic progress and selection of courses prior to enrollment for the next semester

– Assisting them in assuming responsibility for planning their own education

– Helping them determine how to proceed in solving problems

– Referring them, when necessary, to campus support services for information and aid in making academic and personal decisions

– Informing them of HHC academic and other program opportunities and activities

Other responsibilities may include presenting information sessions for prospective students and their parents and assisting with tasks related to planning and implementing the advising program. 

Excellent advising and organizational skills, familiarity with academic programs and student services, and computer proficiency are needed.  Office hours are scheduled for twenty hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.


Applicants must be enrolled in one of the graduate programs at Indiana University Bloomington.  Because the assistantship is a work-study position, the applicant selected must have filed a FAFSA form with the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at IUB and be eligible for that type of aid.   


The ten-month stipend for the academic year is $11,500.  In addition, if the selected applicant is available, there will be supplemental pay for the training/orientation advising period during the summer.  Tuition remission has been provided in the past, and it is anticipated that it will be offered for this position.


The attached application, including a resume, should be submitted to Jen Medlin, Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid in SPEA 260 or via email,, no later than 5pm on Monday April 5, 2010. Please know that the MPA/MSES Program Office will be forwarding all submissions to Barbara Edwards, Director of Advising for final consideration.

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